Get Out the VOTE 2022-What Can You Do?


You can contact these organizations to help elect legislators to change our laws!   Some do texting, phone calls, letter writing, donating money,  or canvassing.  There is something for everyone!


Rally progressives to vote in the election:

Progressive Turnout Project

Swing Left

The States Project 

ACLU (abortion laws & voting laws):


  Black Voters Matter

  Spread the Vote (ID laws and voter laws for all 50 states) 


      Rock the Vote


 Abortion groups:


                    Independent Abortion Clinics   

                ERA    ERA    ERA    ERA    ERA    ERA   ERA       ERA    ERA    ERA    ERA    ERA    ERA   ERA    

Equal Rights Amendment

Learn about future cases being considered by SCOTUS



NOW Hear This

Message from National NOW President Christian F. Nunes

Happy Friday Feminists,

As you may know, one of NOW’s six core issues is ending violence against women. The broad issue of violence manifests in many ways — gender-based violence, racism, sexual harassment, and more. As we enter into October, we want to raise awareness around domestic violence and the effects of abuse.

Misogyny, socio-economic status, and healthcare are among the many factors that influence domestic violence and intimate partner violence. Studies find that 1 in 4 women experience a form of severe intimate partner violence or stalking within their lifetime. Although we have fought for key legislation for protections like Title IX and the Violence Against Women Act, we cannot forget how other factors, like climate change, raise the likelihood of domestic violence within a community.

As natural disasters become more frequent and extreme throughout our nation, we must look deeper and examine the totality of their impacts on women. Not only are women more economically impacted through displacement, job loss, healthcare, and other needs, but women experiencing natural disasters are also more prone to intimate partner violence after the event because of the disparities those events create and/or deepen.

This is why we must take an intersectional approach when we look at ending violence against women and view how all factors can influence this tragic cycle. We must create and amend our legislation to include protection from all events, institute community-based resources that address these gaps, and provide support for women and children who are impacted. NOW remains dedicated in addressing systemic problems our nation faces and its attitudes toward protecting women.

In solidarity,



Contra Costa NOW 2022 Scholarship Winners


Contra Costa NOW is pleased to announce the winners of their second annual university scholarships.  The scholarships, for $1000 each, were earmarked for two women of color based on their academic and social-activism accomplishments.

Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous NOW member who provided the funds for a second $1000 scholarship, we were able to offer two scholarships.

FNU Tsamchoe, 37, who was born in India of Tibetan refugee parents, will be attending Contra Costa College in Fall 2022.  She is working towards a career in nursing.

Delaney Ruiz, 22, was born in Mexico.  She will be attending Samuel Merritt University and is also planning a career in nursing.   Both scholarship winners endured the hardship of immigrating to a new country, learning a new language, serving their communities, and pursuing academic careers with great success.

According to Contra Costa NOW´s president, Jeanette Cole, “We are so pleased to be able to award our second annual university scholarships to two such deserving women.  We specifically endowed the scholarships for women of color who not only had achieved impressive academic honors, but also demonstrated a strong embrace of social activism for the betterment of their communities.  NOW has a long history of supporting young women and marginalized women, and the board of the Contra Costa  NOW hopes to continue our efforts to provide financial support for women’s education in the future.”

The chapter´s Scholarship Committee received several excellent applications, and hopes to continue the scholarship initiative.

If you wish to make a donation for our 2023 scholarship fund, please click Donate


Send your check made payable to Contra Costa NOW to:  PO Box 4794, Walnut Creek, CA  94596


FNU Tsamchoe

Delaney Ruiz
















Update On Our 2021 Scholarship Winners

After selecting the recipients of our 2022 Contra Costa NOW university scholarships, we decided to check back with our first 2 winners of the 2021 scholarships.  We are pleased to acknowledge that both continue to succeed in their academic initiatives, contribute positively to their respective communities, and progress notably in the pursuit of their career goals.

Sia´h Fanta Jimissa

Sia´h just finished her second year at UC Berkeley and is currently finishing up her application for the Public Health major.  Sia´h´s extracurricular activities include serviing as the K-12 Recruitment Coordinator for the Black Recruitment and Retention Center, a student organization that hosts programs to encourage Black students to pursue and complete college. She was able to create and host programs including a scholarship and a shadow day for Black high school students.  This summer, she is participating in the UCSF Children’s Hospital’s Student Summer Research Program, an especially valuable opportunity for a Public Health major.

Thyra Anastashia Cobbs

Thyra is currently double majoring in African American studies and History, and minoring in African studies at UCLA.   She is in the Honors program, the Academic Achievement Program (AAP), and the Bruin Scholars program for foster youth/students who have been in guardianship. She has also been accepted for the McNair Research Scholars program and is currently researching the effects of Afrocentric psychological interventions on UCLA’s Black population. Next spring quarter, Thyra will be teaching a student-led seminar on Afrocentric Black Psychology through the Honors Program.   She is also engaging in student activism and leadership, having been appointed as the Transfer Coordinator for the African Student Union and will soon be applying to serve as the Campus Director of Mental Health in UCLA’s student government.

Photos for ROE #BansOffOurBodies March at the State Capitol




ROE #BansOffOurBodies March and Rally

Meetup in Martinez & Bus to Sacramento
Action groups from across the East Bay will attend the Bans Off Our Body March & Rally at the California State Capitol Building in Sacramento.  Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California (PPAC) has generously agreed to cover the cost of buses for those who would like to ride together (masks required on board).
Waiver forms will be available and required.

Location: Martinez CourtHouse
725 Court St, Martinez, CA 94553

Time: Meetup at 8:30
Buses Leave at 9:30 Sharp

8:30 – Gathering at Martinez Courthouse
8:40  – 9:15 Engaging speakers will rally the crowd
9:15 – move to buses or cars to drive to Sacramento
9:30 – Buses leave (no latecomers)
11:00 – March & Rally in Sacramento
3:00 – Buses leave Sacramento returning to Martinez (no latecomers)
4:00 – Buses arrive in Martinez  (time is approximate)

More details about speakers to follow  –

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Election 2022 Candidate Endorsements

Contra Costa NOW
Election 2022 Endorsements


Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors, District 4:  Carlyn Obringer

Contra Costa County Assessor:  Floy Andrews

Past Controversies Loom In Assessor Race

Past Controversies Loom In Assessor Race
From an Article in the East Bay Times

To view the article click link below

NOW Supports National Week of Action for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

NOW Supports National Week of Action for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women


Statement by National NOW President Christian F. Nunes

April 29, 2022

To view the full statement online: Click Here

WASHINGTON, D.C. – – NOW supports the National Week of Action in honor of the thousands of Indigenous women who go missing or are murdered each year. Starting today, we join the National Partners Work Group on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) and the MMIW Family Advisors in declaring that “enough is enough – not one more stolen sister.” …

The Abortion Backup Plan No One Is Talking About

Even in states with the strictest abortion laws, pregnant people have a safe, inexpensive option to terminate their pregnancies. But few know about it.

Click link below for full details

This Is What Democracy Looks Like

We are at a transformational shift to a new era of gender equality in the United States, with feminist women holding some of the most consequential levers of power. 

Kamala Harris, a Black woman of South Asian descent, is the first woman vice president; for the first time in U.S. history, President Joe Biden has appointed equal numbers of women (now at 48%) to the Cabinet; and the House of Representatives is led by a feminist woman, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and feminists chair some of the most powerful committees including Rep. Maxine Waters of the House Financial Services Committee, Rep. Rosa DeLauro of the Appropriations Committee and Rep. Carolyn Maloney of the Oversight and Reform Committee. 

There’s no denying that 2021 is going to be an exciting, impactful and critically important year in the long struggle for gender equality.

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